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Shing Mun River, Shatin
Hong Kong

Under the Shatin New Town Development in 1970's, the Tide Cove was reclaimed and a man made river channel was formed. This river channel is originated from the Shing Mun Reservoir and tthis river was named as Shing Mun River. Along the riverside there are trail and cycle track and Shing Mun River is a popular place for water recreational activities, such as: rowing, canoeing, and dragon boat racing.

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Uploaded: 22/08/2009
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Tags: riverside; cycle track; water recreational activities; reclamation
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